Relationships and Exercise Lab

About Us

What is our focus?

Our research is focused on social relationships and physical activity. We examine how social relationships and social support enable physical activity, and how relationships and social interactions in physical activity contexts affect well-being. 

What types of research do we do?

Our work uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore these questions.

What populations do we work with?

Our work examines these issues in a variety of populations including older adults, people living with chronic diseases such as cancer and Parkinson's, and youth, with a particular focus on vulnerable or underserved populations.

How can I get involved in the lab?

 Please contact us if you:

  • Are interested in applying for graduate research at the Masters or PhD level, or inquiring about Post-Doctoral opportunities
  • Are a University of Calgary student applying for honours research or a summer studentship (e.g., PURE) and interested in working in our lab
  • Are part of an organization and would like to partner with us in research
  • Are interested in participating in a current or future research study

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We have a variety of research interests and ongoing projects

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We have many valued members in the lab that fill different roles and contribute to our ongoing research

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Contact Us

If you are interested in potential lab opportunities you can contact us via phone or email

In the News!

Seniors’ Week 2023: Research equips fitness pros to help aging Calgarians make social connections

UToday Article (June 2023)

It's seniors week in Calgary and we'll talk to a researcher about why physical activity matters for seniors

CBC Homestretch Interview (June 2023)

Working out a social affair

Global News Interview (March 2019)

Staying physically active and socially connected a challenge for Calgarians over 65

UToday Article (June 2021)